Good News From Afghanistan

  • Aired:  04/07/14
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Despite dangerous voting conditions -- like violent Taliban attacks on polling stations -- 7 million Afghan citizens emerged in droves to vote in the presidential election. (3:37)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]IT IS TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR OUR

BICENTENNIAL SEGMENT GOOD NEWSFROM AFGHANISTAN.

♪ IN OUR LAST INSTALLMENT BACK IN

THE EARLY OTS, MUSIC HADJUST BEEN REALLOWED.

SO WHAT IS EVERYONE SMILINGABOUT IN AFGHANISTAN THESE DAYS?

>> DESPITE THREATS FROM THETALIBAN VOTERS IN AFGHANISTAN

TURN OUT IN DROVES THIS WEEKENDTO ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT.

>> EARLIEST ESTIMATES PUT THENUMBER AT SEVEN MILLION OUT OF

12 MILLION ELIGIBLEVOTERS NEARLY 60%.

>> Jon: 60% THAT IS ADORABLE.

IT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO OURLAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WHICH

WAS AH --[LAUGHTER]

-- 54.9%.

WAIT THEY BEAT US?

BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF THATWE HAVE TO CONTEND WITH FOR OUR

ELECTIONS. NOVEMBERIS NOTORIOUS FOR

THANKSGIVING PREPAND EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND

OBVIOUSLY THE IN BETWEEN NATUREOF SEASON MAKES A

CHOICE OF LIGHT JACKET OR WARMERJACKET MORE COMPLICATED.

I ONLY ASSUME AFGHAN VOTERS HADAN EASIER RIDE IN LATE MARCH OR

EARLY APRIL. I MEAN IT'S THEIRSPRING BREAK FOR GOD'S SAKE.

>> IN JUST THE PAST WEEK, THETALIBAN STAGED FOUR ATTACKS

INCLUDING ONE ON THE ELECTIONCOMMISSION HEADQUARTERS.

>> Jon: AND?

>> THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATIONSAYS THERE WERE 140 ATTACKS OR

ATTEMPTED ATTACKS AND ALMOST1,000 POLLING STATIONS HAD TO BE

CLOSED FOR SECURITY REASONS.

ONE OUT OF EVERY SIX.

>> Jon: AND?

>> IN 2009 ABOUT 20% OF THEVOTES HAD TO BE DISCOUNTED

BECAUSE THEY WERECONSIDERED FRAUDULENT.

>> Jon: OKAY NOT THE IDEALCONDITIONS I'M SURE 60% MOST OF

THAT IS PROBABLYFRAUDULENT ANYWAY.

>> SO FAR WIDESPREAD ALLEGATIONSOF BALLOT STUFFING AND FRAUD

HAVE NOT MATERIALIZED.

PEOPLE HAVE UNTIL THE END OFTODAY TO REPORT

COMPLAINTS, BY THE WAY. ONE OFTHE MOST PREVALENT SO FAR

HAS TO SIMPLY DO WITH POLLINGSTATIONS RUNNING OUT OF BALLOTS.

>> Jon: NOT ONLY THAT BUTAPPARENTLY THE FOX NEWS

AFFILIATE IN KABUL REPORTED THATA BLACK PANTHER WAS TRYING TO

INTIMIDATE WHITE VOTERS OUTSIDEOF THE POLLING STATION.

[LAUGHTER]WOW.

SEVEN MILLION AFGHAN CITIZENSIGNORED DEATH THREATS FROM THE

TALIBAN TO GET TO THE POLLS.

I CANNOT IMAGINE THE GARGANTUANBALLS THAT THESE GUYS MUST HAVE.

>> A THIRD OF THE VOTERS THATLINED UP AT THE POLLING STATIONS

YESTERDAY WERE WOMEN.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: YOU KNOW IT -- IT

OCCURS TO ME WE NEED TO MAYBECOME UP WITH A BETTER TERM TO

DESCRIBE BALLS THAN BALLS.

LADY BALLS.

[LAUGHTER]BALLETTES.

ESTRICLES.

ANYWAY, IT'S GREAT THE ELECTIONWENT SO WELL IN THE FACE OF SO

MANY ODDS BUT LET'S BE HONESTTHEY ARE JUST GOING TO ELECT

HAMID KARZAI'S PUPPET CANDIDATE.YOU KNOW HOW THESE THINGS WORK.

>> FORMER WORLD BANK EXECUTIVEASHRAF GHANI AND

OPPOSITION LEADER ABDULLAHABDULLAH ARE SAID TO BE THE

FRONT RUNNERS. THE CANDIDATEASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT

PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAIIS BELIEVED TO BE FUTHER

BACK LIMITING KARZAI'S INFLUENCEGOING FORWARD.

>> Jon: OH (bleep) NO YOUDIDN'T. KARZAI'S GOING TO BE SOMAD.

I DON'T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUTTHE CAT HE IS GOING TO PAINT.

[ LAUGHTER ]WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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